Dr. Yamaguchi is a well-known Japanese Holistic Dentist serving the greater Portland community. However, becoming a dentist did not happen to Manami very fast.
With her mother’ being an artistic tailor, Manami was encouraged to draw and design her dresses as a child. However, Manami did not feel this was her path. After deciding to to quit classical piano lessons, she joined a gymnastic team hoping to be the next Nadia Comaneci—40 years later, she is thankful for the flexibility and strength she gained from the training, as dentistry is quite physically demanding.
Growing up in Japan, Manami craved for ethnic diversity. Consequently, she applied for a foreign exchange program to study in US. Becoming a simultaneous interpreter in medicine was her goal in life, and studying English and Science eventually got her into dental education and becoming a holistic dentist.
An avid culinary explorer, Manami loves eating as much as cooking to recreate gourmet meals back in her kitchen. Her family dogs—Tabi, Nova and Toro; all rescued from Humane Society—also eat well, as she believes real food is far better for their health. The highlight of the day is when she reunites with her guitarist husband Jason for dinner, and rolls around with her dogs listening to live music until bedtime. On her days off she is found running wild with her dogs in a forest trail, or dancing carelessly at various local venues to her husband’s music, if not with him enjoying her every bite at Nodoguro—her favorite Portland restaurant where she learns her life’s important lesson; living with passion and intention with excellence.
"I have a number of systemic health issues that I am trying to better understand and Dr. Yamaguchi made me feel heard. She was very careful to consider my overall health vs. just my dental health. Great 1st visit and I’ll be back."
"Dr Yamaguchi is the best. I’ve been going to her for over 4 years. She is very thorough and discusses conditions , procedures, cost and time in detail. She is big on continuing ed. and is up with latest methods and procedures. You would be happy with her too."
"Dr. Yamaguchi and her team are great! They are very professional at their work and they care about my dental needs, my financial option as well. I had good visiting experience there."